Veering way off the original, Robocop lacks the cheesy fun of the… MoreVeering way off the original, Robocop lacks the cheesy fun of the original. It's not that the original was great or anything, just campy fun. The remake tries to make Murphy's family the focus and it doesn't work at all. It's not for lack of trying, though. They even got a few big names to participate, but they weren't much help. Robocop 2014 is passable, yet forgettable. With the option of doing so much more, they settled for a motive that could not in any way have competed with the other summer action films, and that's too bad. That's what I was looking for. A turn your brain off shoot'em up fest. The action parts were good, which makes it that much more frustrating because of the flat parts created by the family issues. You'd be best served to wait for Robocop on a movie channel.
Right up to the end, Pompeii was an alright movie. The number of… MoreRight up to the end, Pompeii was an alright movie. The number of endings it had and the drama they tried to instill was just too much. The almost (actual) ending was poorly done. It made the almost passable movie hard to get through. Along with the casting. Other than that, it's a movie with a half assed story that's interrupted by the volcano erupting. It started with a Conan type beginning, and kept going with a story that wasn't original in a movie that didn't offer anything original. There were plenty of flat parts to it where good editing could have gotten them around. The CGI was just alright. Down the road Pompeii could offer an entertaining escape, but I would wait for it to show on a movie channel.
Take a handful of great actors and put them in a choppy movie with a… MoreTake a handful of great actors and put them in a choppy movie with a story that keeps you from getting attached to the characters without having a focused plot to follow and what do you get? Monuments Men. As much as I like each and every one of these actors, they had nothing to work with. Clooney, the writer and director, tried to be too broad and put too much into Monuments Men. That's when you skip around trying to fit everything in instead of developing characters and getting through a focused story. Nobody was in a rush to get through the movie. Way too much lag. If you watch it for free down the road, you may enjoy it, but Monuments Men isn't worth investing money into.
Even with an 11% rating on RT, I have to admit that Vampire Academy… MoreEven with an 11% rating on RT, I have to admit that Vampire Academy was entertaining in a "guilty pleasure" kind of way. I'll watch it on HBO or whatever it comes on down the road. With both the writer and director (Daniel and Mark Waters), if you know them, you're getting what you would expect from them, which isn't a movie that warrants a sequel. If they'd have been more cautious finding a better writer and director in anticipation of getting a franchise going, Vampire Academy could be a heavy alternative to the big summer movies this year. The story was choppy and the only thing that kept it flowing was the acting. Particularly Zoey Deutch. Her and Lucy Fry are transitioning from TV to film, and Deutch does an amazing job. Even with the mediocre script and barely OK plot, Zoey Deutch flashes a great big screen presence. Lucy Fry does pretty good, along with the rest of the cast. I wouldn't bet on a part 2 hitting the big screen anytime soon. Vampire Academy is definitely worth watching on a movie channel down the road for a laugh.
While it's yet another movie I wouldn't recommend for fear of boring… MoreWhile it's yet another movie I wouldn't recommend for fear of boring people to sleep, Nebraska is a hilarious, dialogue driven movie I can't wait to see again. Most were walking out giving negative feedback about it and I overheard one person say "we should have gone to see the other one." In all honesty, I've got to say I don't know what else anyone was expecting. The previews set the tone of the movie perfectly and maybe they were expecting a car chase or big finish at the end, but I got what I'd expect for an ending to Nebraska. While Bruce Dern and Will Forte had pretty good chemistry, Forte did well in a role I wouldn't expect him to excel in. June Squibb stole every scene she was in. Best performance of the movie. Nebraska is funny, well written, well acted, and entertaining throughout when I thought there would be plenty of dead moments. I don't like black and white films, and I thought it blew a lot of what would have otherwise been incredible cinematography. While it can wait until it's on DVD, Nebraska is definitely worth watching. Watch the previews. If you don't think you'll like it, you won't.